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making news in america this morning -- >> atlantic assault. the powerful storm is battering coastal areas in half a dozen states, with flooding, beach erosions and whipping winds. goodwill mission. the president arrives in asia. but what's really being accomplished in his week away? and sarah's story. new revelations in her new book. and revelations about her relationship with john mccain. will she invite levi johnston to
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dinner? >> it's friday november 13th, 2009. good morning. thanks for being with us this friday, the 13th. may live up to its name, at least in the mid-atlantic states. >> a damaging storm is moving slowly up the eastern seaboard. its moisture comes partly from hurricane ida. but it's much stronger than when ida came aboard on tuesday. some areas have seen up to ten inches of rain. >> viviana hurtado shows us the hardest hit spots so far. >> reporter: massive flooding, power ouges and massive winds toppled trees. all remnants of a hurricane that generated into a deadly nor easter. >> the whole house was shaking. >> reporter: the storm surge is from virginia to mississippi, with more high tides for the weekend. >> i'm from new york originally. and i'm used to nor'easters being snow, not rain. >> reporter: as the storm barreled north from the gulf of
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mexico, it left a path of destruction. in north carolina, heavy rains washed away roads. in virginia, downpours downed power lines and caused governor tim kaine to declare a state of emergency. off the waters are rough. and in delaware, beach communities flooding and a high tide that's washed away sand dunes. >> mother nature will bring some of that back in. but mother nature will not bring it up back on the dunes. that will have to be done by other means. >> reporter: the storm knocked out power to thousands and forced schools to close, as officials urged people to weather the storm at home. >> abc's viviana hurtado reporting. and viviana mentioned the search for three missing fishermen off the coast of new jersey. the search went for three hours. but the storm is too powerful to continue that. and now, to this morning's
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other big story. president obama arrived in tokyo overnight, the first stop on a four-nation tour of asia. the president will tackle huge economic and security issues during his trip. >> but he hasn't left the car in afghanistan behind. abc's yunji de nies is traveling with the president. and joins us this morning from tokyo. good morning, yunji. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. the president has a lot to talk about. but his main mission on this visit is diplomacy. on his first visit to the regi as president, the white house says he's really here to strengthen relationships. president obama touched down in too, kicking off a week-long, asian tour. where he'll visit four countries and meet with a bevy of world leaders. mr. obama's agenda is broad. international economy, climate change, global security, and the war in afghanistan. while there's plenty to talk about, unlike past presidential trips, there's no concrete agreements expected out of his tour. on his way here, the president
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stopped in alaska to mt with troops. mr. obama is not expected to announce whether he will send more american forces to afghanistan, until after he returns to washington. he promised the soldiers a clear mission, should he decide to deploy them into harm's way. >> i want you guys to understand i will never hesitate to use force to protect the american people or our vital interests. but i also -- i also make you this promise. i will not risk your lives unless it is necessary to america's vital interests. >> reporter: the u.s. military in japan is also an issue on this first leg of the president's trip. there is local tension over the presence of over 47,000 american troops here. many japanese would like to see america's main base in okinawa, relocated to a remote site. and the overall number of forces reduced altogether. the white house says that is an ongoing discussion. and they do not expect any decisions to be made on that issue for now. tonight, the president has a
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working dinner with the prime minister. tomorrow, he meets with the emperor and empress, before heading off to singapore. jeremy and vinita? >> unyunji de nies, traveling with the president in tokyo. thank you. overseas now. a suicide car bomber has struck at the heart of pakistan's main terrorism-fighting agency. the blast destroyed the reege headquarters of the iss in peshawar and killed at least seven people. the number of violent attacks has surged, since the government launched an offensive against militants last month. the federal government wants to seize a muslim foundation's assets. the authorities have long suspected that it's a front. the fed wants to take over the mosques in new york, maryland, california and tas, and a new york city skyscraper. the assets are estimated at more than $500 million. the foundation says it plans to fight the seizures. the colorado parents accused of falsely reporting that their 6-year-old son, falcon, visited
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away in a heem yum balloon, will go to court this morning. abc's clayton sandell has details from denver. >> reporter: the heenes, at first, denied the incident was staged. >> to have people say that, i think is extremely pathetic. but their story unraveled, after falcon made this comment on "larry king live." >> we did this for a show. two days later, police say falcon's mother admitted it was all a lie. >> they put on a very good show for us. and we bought it. >> reporter: according to his attorney, richard heene will plead guilty to a felony, for attempting to influence a public servant. mayumi heene will plead to false reporting. the complaining that procutors forced a deal by threatening more serious charges against mayumi. she is a japanese citizen. and if convicted of a felony, might have been deported. the attorney for richard heene
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says in addition to probation, the heenes could be facing jail time when they're sentenced in about a month. up to 90 days for richard. and 60 days for mayumi. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. time, now, for this morning's weather around the nation. that deadly nor'easter we were talking about, slamming the atlantic coast is bringing powerful winds, heavy rain, and severe flooding from virginia to new york and parts of new england today. stormy out west, with up to a foot of snow in the cascades and rockies. and rainy and wind, in seattle, denver and portland. >> 47 in salt lake city. and 44 in boise. warmer than normal in the middle of the country. 7 in dallas. the northeast hovers around 50. it's 69 in atlanta. and 76 in miami. and ahead on this friday here on "america this morning," the future of home computers. no keyboard. and no mouse. plus, the golden arches begins a massive expansion plan. and sarah palin's book tour stops first on oprah's couch. she talks for the f
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>>s a it is a mixed picture for overseas stocks this morning, after wall street snapped its six-session winning streak. tokyo's nikkei average fell nearly 0.4%. hong kong's hang seng is higher. in london, the ftse opened slightly higher. the dow fell 93 points yesterday, closing at 15,197. the nasdaq slipped almost 18 points to close at 2149. the white house is hoping to prevent what is known as a jobless recovery. president obama says he will
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hold a summit next month, looking for ways to jump-start job growth. the announcement came after a report showing another 500,000 people filed for unemployment benefits last week. that's actually the lowest number since the beginning of the year. but still not low enough to indicate job growth. mcdonald's hopes to be part of the solution, as it plans t expand next year. the burger chain will open 1,000 new restaurants. and about 150 will be in the u.s. apple expects to open as many as 50 new stores next year. focusing on big stores in major cities. about half will be in the u.s. the federal reserve is cracking down on large overdraft fees on a.t.m. and debit card transactions. a new rule will have banks get approval for those fees. the rule goes into effect july 1th but does not cover checks. your thanksgiving feast may take a smaller bite out of your wallet this year. a farm group says that this
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year's dinner may be 4% lower this year. video game fans have made the new call of duty the biggest launch in entertainment history. the game raked in more than $300 million in its first 24 hours on sale in just north america and the u.k. the dark knight sent the box office last year in its opening weekend. but keep in mind, a video game costs about six-times as much as a movie ticket. in today's "usa today" tech report, a look at the future of touch-screen computing. apple helped touch-screens go mainstream, with the iphone. now, microsoft is moving it to pcs. is it time to ditch your mouse? "usa today's" ed baig weighs in. >> everybody says is this going to replace the mouse and the keyboard? the answer is no. but it can augment the mouse and keyboard. and frankly, touch is kind of fun to have. it definitely takes some getting
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used to. i think touch is welcome technology. it's still thely stages. it's going to be here to stay. >> and you can read ed's column at next on this morning, sarah palin, on the campaign trail, what she knew was bad.
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we continue, now, with a lo at the road conditions you can expect. slick highways with all that rain on the east coast, especially i-95 from new york to north carolina. rain and snow-covered roads in the pacific northwest and rockies. >> if you're flying today, you can expect airport delays in seattle, salt lake city and denver. here in the east, philly, boston, new york, charlotte, and d.c. funerals for the ft. hood
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shooting victims will be held today and through the weekend. meanwhile, charges have been filed against the suspect. major nidal malik hasan, faces 13 counts of premeditated murder. they are charles charging han with killing the unborn child of a soldier who died. hasan is still in intensive care. he faces death by lethal injection if convicted. sarah palin is about to be everywhere, with a nationwide tour and high-profile tv interviews to promote her new book. "going rogue" goes on sale next tuesday. in it, she talks about her childhood, her faith, and her family. and presidential politics. she discussed some of it, in an interview taped for monday's oprah winfrey show. in the book, she says there was tension in the campaign from john mccain. and there was the katie couric interview. >> did you think that was a seminal defining moment for you? >> i did not.
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and neither did the campaign. that's why segment two, three, and four were scheduled. the campaign said you're showing your independence. this is what america needs to see. this was a good entire view. i knew it wasn't a good interview. >> reporter: just before palin resigned as alaska's governor, she reveals in the book that her legal bills topped $500,000, due mostly to ethics complaints. there's a $50,000 legal bill to the mccain campaign. then, there's the family matter, involving levi johnston, the father of her grandson. >> he is a part of the family. you want to bring him in the fold. he needs to know that he is loved. and he has the most beautiful child. this can all work out for good. it really can. we don't have to keep going down this road of controversy and drama all the time. we're not really into the drama. we don't really like that. we're more productive. we have other things to
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concentrate on. >> does that mean he is coming or not? >> palin said she was surprised on the money spent on makeovers for her and her family. and wondered if they really seemed that unpresentable. the former alaskan governor will talk to barbara walters next week. george w. sh is steps back on the national stage. the former president has made few public appearances since leaving office. yesterday, he spoke at southern methodist university in dallas. he didn't mention the current president or the wars in iraq and afghanistan. he focused on plans for his $300 million library, museum and research center. >> there will be about 4 million photos, thousands of box of documents, and hundreds of millions of e-mails. not one of them mine. >> bush did say he regrets his decision to bailout the nation's banks with $700 billion. he went on to say he is against his -- he went against his free-market instincts. time, now, for sports from espn news.
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here's mike yam. >> good morning. we start in the nba. two of the best stars in the league. dwyane wade and lebron james, goinhead-to-head in south beach. as the cavs, matching up with the miami heat. couple old teammates. shaquille o'neal and dwyane wade. a quick, little hello. they won an nba title. first quarter, heat down one. varejao. dwyane wade, flashing it down in his face. had five assists and four rebounds. jordan was in attendce. pat riley. he must have liked that one, too. about three minutes to go. the floater in the lane from wade. he cuts the deficit to four points. ensuing cavs' possession, lebron. that's a dagger. the king, he goes for 34. seven assists and four boards. to the gridiron. mike singletary, coaching against his former team for the first time. second quarter, there's no score. frank gore, give him the rock. he'll make something happen for you. 25 carries, 104 on the ground.
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and that touchdown. up 7-0. over the middle. he's picked off by mark roman. his fourth pick of the game at that point. niners up 10-6. eight seconds to go here. cutler, one more shot. throws to the end zone. michael lewis picks him off. fifth interception of the game. cutler, threw for over 300 yards. but that interception, proves to be costly, as the san francisco 49ers come out victorious. >> our thanks to espn. york. if you have a case of deja vu on this friday the 13th, there is a good reason. this is the third friday the 13th so far this year. and that is the most that can happen in a single year. >> wow. and if you're a little nervous going into today, you are not alone. henry ford refused to do business on fridays that fell on the 13th. and franklin roosevelt would not
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travel. a north carolina therapist claims to have coined this term to describe a fear of friday the 13th. he calls it paraskavedekatriaphobia. >> the stock market spends to do better on friday the 13th. i can't even say it. >> if you can't say it, you don't have it. >> exactly. a look ahead at the stories we'll be following today. including the deadlytorm pounding the east coast. and how you can own a piece and h[ kriu can own a piece i have a little boy. emories are so important to me. how many times do you reach down and you're looking for your camera, and you just can't find it? the cell phone's always right inside your pocket. it's a smart phone. it can do it all... 5 megapixel camera. you know, twitter...update. click. record things in high definition. this holiday season, come into best buy. you're giving the gift of communication. [ female announcer ] come to best buy for the three hottest phones from sprint: the htc hero, the samsung instinct, and the instinct hd. we do cell phones
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are missing after their boat sank off new jersey. president obama is in tokyo today for meetings with its new prime minister. and then, with emperor akihito. japan is the first stop of a four-nation, week. long tour. the colorado couple accused in the balloon boy hoax will be accused today. richard and mayumi heene face jail time. they will be sentenced in about a month. they still face a civil investigation by the faa. a former congressman convicted of bribery and racketeering will be investigated today. they found $90,000 in cold cash hidden in williams jefferson's freezer. today, buyers can get items owned by bernie madoff, that will be auctioned tomorrow. among the items, golf clubs and a satin jacket with the name madoff on it. >> the money will go to the victims. coming up on "good morning america," is the end of time really right around the corn
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well, as we have already mentioned, president obama is in japan this morning. and to the disappointment of one city there, his itinerary does not take him outside of tokyo. >> people in one seaside town are fans because of a common bond. >> reporter: far from the bustling city of tokyo, a five-hour journey by train, is a coastal town by the sea of japan, now famous for its name. from street banners and taxis, to on cure souvenirs. this town reaches out to the president from the other side of the world. at obama city hall, the mayor shows his correspondence with the white house. mayor matsuake says, it's not
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just one thing. they're responding to our letters. and that makes me very happy. featured on this chocolate case box, along with slogans for world peace. the president and i have the same face, he says. the only difference is the hair style. people say we have the same ears. in this port town of over 30,000 people, fishing has long been the main industry. increasingly, the people in this town are cashing in on the obama name. in 1978, obama was one of the place where's citizens were abducted by north korea. but the immediate focus here is on a namesake. and residents' efforts appear to be paying off. since branding his dessert cakes obama, sales are up. this man is behind the city's obama design. we already have polo shirt, he says. but quirky products like underwear and socks.

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